Everyone is trolling Dabo Swinney at halftime of the Playoff semifinal
Leading up to the Clemson-Ohio State College Football Playoff semifinal, Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney was surprisingly vocal in his defense of ranking the Buckeyes No. 11 in the Coaches Poll, arguing that OSU’s 6-0 record, while other teams played nine or more games, disqualified Ryan Day’s squad being ranked in the top 10.
He defended his ranking in an interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi:
“It means something to me. It’s my poll. I do it. … It has nothing to do with Ohio State — absolutely zero,” Swinney said. “You can change the name to Michigan or Georgia or Florida or Tennessee or Nebraska. Anytime you have a top-10 (ranking), it should be that special. This year it’s like really, really, really special and I wanted it to be that way.
“And so, I wanted to recognize the teams that played 9 games or more. And so, if you didn’t play 9 games, I just didn’t consider you for the top 10. That’s why they were 11. …
“Obviously, they’re a great team. They’re plenty good enough and talented enough to beat us and good enough to win the national championship. But, in my opinion, I don’t think that it’s right that 3 teams have to play 13 games to win it all and 1 team has to play 8. What universe am I living in? And it has nothing to do with them. It was about qualifying. And I didn’t think they were qualified based on the number of games.”
Swinney’s ranking and media defense of his ranking has made him a target for social media trolling as OSU lead 35-14 at the half.
Here’s a small of what’s being said on social media. Michael Jordan memes from “The Last Dance” are predictably popular:
Dabo Swinney on the sidelines tonight after he voted Ohio State out of the Top 10…. pic.twitter.com/vpqc5GbBLk
— Michael D. Ruscher (@RuscherMichael) January 2, 2021
— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) January 2, 2021
Tom Rinaldi should ask Dabo Swinney at halftime where he would rank Ohio State now.
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) January 2, 2021
I wonder if Dabo Swinney would rank Ohio State in the top 10 now? #CFBPlayoff
— NunesToons (@keifer4994) January 2, 2021
Dabo Swinney might wanna consider resubmitting his Coaches Poll ballot at halftime with Ohio State listed slightly higher. #CFBPlayoff
— Chris(topher) Larsen (@ESPNChrisLarsen) January 2, 2021
Dabo Swinney: Ranks tOSU #11 on his coach’s ballot
Ohio State: pic.twitter.com/NiexlCnsdX
— Cognitive Dissonance in Disguise (@duckinspokane) January 2, 2021
Whether or not Ohio State ends up winning, some HAS to ask Dabo Swinney post game if he still thinks the Buckeyes should be ranked 11th.
— Hunter Miller (@MillerHHunter) January 2, 2021
Dabo Swinney talked all that mess about Ohio State and Clemson is getting dog walked and Fields is outplaying Lawrence so far.
— Investor B. (@BrysonButcher10) January 2, 2021
Dabo Swinney probably shouldn't have ranked Ohio State 11th
— MettaWorldCrazy (@MettaWorldCrazy) January 2, 2021
— Joshua Terry (@_joshuaterry) January 2, 2021
Dabo Swinney really had the audacity to rank Ohio State #11 lmao
— Adarsh Pai (@adarsh9pai) January 2, 2021
— Timothy Southers (@TSouthers) January 2, 2021
— The Sports Truth (@TheSportsTruth1) January 2, 2021
I wonder if Dabo Swinney stills thinks Ohio State should be ranked 11th.
— Josh White (@_JoshRWhite) January 2, 2021